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Biographical/Educational Information: Artist Gary John Gresl
• Born May 12, 1943, Manitowoc, WI;
• Attended Catholic grade school, public high school, Manitowoc County Teachers College;
• University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (BS with Music Minor);
• Additional art and art history classes thru UW Oshkosh and Silver Lake College Manitowoc;
• University of Wisconsin Madison, MS Related Art Dept. School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences, (formerly called School of Home Economics and subsequently called School of Human Ecology);

• Art classes in high school;
• Art and art history classes at UW Stevens Point, UW Oshkosh, Silver Lake College;
• Art history and Museum Training and Connoisseurship classes at UW Madison;
• Taught art plus other subjects in the Brillion, WI school district 1966-71, Principal of a small middle school for two of those years;
• Self-taught in the directions and techniques of assemblage.

Notable experiences and events:
• Exposure to Abstract Expressionism during the 1950's;
• During a New York World's Fair excursion in 1963-64 saw Franz Kline and Rauschenburg works in New York City;
• Youthful experiences as collector of various materials from rocks to coins;
• Creating first assemblage 1964 using found objects from an abandoned farm dump;
• Experiences on farms, rural and natural settings as a youth;
• Example of enthusiastic teaching/learning from a teacher. J. V. Ackerman, at Manitowoc County Teachers College;
• Real life experience and traumas of growing and teaching in Brillion WI;
• Marriage... children... divorce;
• Antique/collectible dealing;
• Self education in 20th Century abstract art from Kandinsky thru the 70's;
• Recognition in age 30's/40's that personal judgment of what good art might be is as viable as anointed critics and museum personnel;
• Operating a business for over 25 years;
• Working with other professionals in the fields of antiques and art;
• Personal associations with artists including John Balsley, Estherly Allen, Kenn Kwint, Rudy Rotter, to name but a few.
• Working on the Board of Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors in all positions for a number of years.
• Co-founder of MVAR, Milwaukee Visual Arts Roundtable, yr. 2000
• Contributing author to bimonthly "Art In Wisconsin", newsletter of Wisconsin Painters & Sculptors, Inc.
• Nominated for 2001 Governor's Award in Support of the Arts, community organizations category
• Spokesperson for adaptive reuse of the Praries School Old Coast Guard station on Milwaukee's Lake Michigan shoreline for use as a center for regional art
• Founder and Co-Chair of the Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards, along with the West Bend Art Museum and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
• Served as juror for exhibitions and participant in art workshops
• Invited Guest Speaker UW Milwaukee, Carroll College, and others
Home:
BROWN DEER, WI
WVA membership status:
Life
Artform:
PAINTER/SCULPTOR





Detail, Palimpsests, Middens and Memory





The notable $15,000 Fellowship thru the Peck School of the Arts, UWM, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, received in 2007. Included an exhibit of sculptures in the INOVA Galleries, Kennilworth Building.
A three month residency at the Kohler Company pottery studios, provided by the combined efforts of the Kohler Art Museum, the Kohler Company and the Kohler Foundation. This was between January and March of 2009.
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One of four artists chosen to have a solo exhibit in Walker's Point Center for the Arts, Milwaukee.
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Walker's Point Center for the Arts
839 S 5th St, Milwaukee, WI 53204
Milwaukee, WI 53204

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Articles

How Dear Was my Venue
Places can reveal kinship in their missions, influences and subtle importance.
by Gary John Gresl

Gary John Gresl: an Assembler
Installations and Outstallations
by Eddee Daniel

Delafield Arts Center
A new art center in South East Wisconsin
by Gary John Gresl

New Museum of Wisconsin Art Installation
by Gary John Gresl

Cultural Links That Bind – Things Regional
by Gary John Gresl

Unmasked and From Wisconsin
by Gary John Gresl

The Very Last Junkie Article
by Gary John Gresl

Charles W. Thwaites: Reviving a Life and Building a Legend
A Regionalist and a Modernist, a Midwesterner and a Southwesterner
by Gary John Gresl

Censorship by a minority: Fear and Intolerance in the Art Game
by Gary John Gresl

Product Placement
by Gary John Gresl

Santos Zingale and Joseph Friebert: Explored and Honored by Exhibits at the Museum of Wisconsin Art
Working in their unique Modernist 20th Century figural styles.
by Gary John Gresl

Wisconsin's Canvas Ceiling
by Gary John Gresl

The Water Closet Gallery
by Gary John Gresl

“Emerging”, A Hopeful Word and a Smile from Sisyphus
by Gary John Gresl

Apply Directly - Do Not Depend on Trickle Down or Osmosis
by Gary John Gresl

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Gains an Art Critic
by Gary John Gresl

Bacon, Koons with Hirst, and a Side of Yue Minjun
by Gary John Gresl

ART WORLD TULIP BUBBLE ABOUT TO BURST?
by Gary John Gresl

You Stink
by Gary John Gresl

WHAT’S IMPORTANT, REMEMBERING AN ARTS WRITER – JAMES AUER
by Gary John Gresl

New Director for the Rahr-West art Museum, Manitowoc
by Gary John Gresl

One Artist’s Way: Gary John Gresl
by Patricia Obletz

Ready to Art Overdose? Get Off Your Duff and Gas ‘Er Up!
by Gary John Gresl

Milwaukee Artist Marketplace, July 28th, Milwaukee Art Museum
by Gary John Gresl

2007 Wisconsin Visual Art Lifetime Achievement Awards
by Gary John Gresl

THE JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ART CENTER...SOMETIMES SUPERHUMAN?
by Gary John Gresl

The “Hello Kitty” Generation has a global art movement
by Gary John Gresl

2007 Biennial Update
by Gary John Gresl

THE HAND, THE FIGURE, AND A MESSAGE…
Robert Von Neumann
by Gary John Gresl

Watercolor Wisconsin… Still Worth the Trip
by Gary John Gresl

The Cool Factor: The New Museum of Wisconsin Art
by Gary John Gresl

The Regional Art Junkie: Can You Even Handle Success
by Gary John Gresl

Rita Crooks
by Gary John Gresl

Credit Where Credit is Due
by Gary John Gresl

THOMASITA FESSlER RETROSPECTIVE AKA, SISTER THOMASITA, 1912 - 1993
Founder of a respected, broad minded art program
by Gary John Gresl

VESTIBULES TO PALACES, WISCONSIN’S ART VENUES
by Gary John Gresl

A JOHN COLT RETROSPECTIVE: ONE MORE WISCONSIN TREASURE
A posthumous retrospective
by Gary John Gresl

Wisconsin Masters Series: Charles Dix (1940-2005)
Contrasts of strong dark brushwork against more diaphanous, vaporous forms
by Gary John Gresl

BIRDS IN ART: THE WYETHS...AND THE LEIGH YAWKY WOODSON IN WAUSAU
by Gary John Gresl

The Regional Art Junkie
by Gary John Gresl

Provincial or Regional?
by Gary John Gresl

SE Chapter meets at Niemi Sculpture Gallery
by Gary John Gresl

Wisconsin Regional Art Junkie
by Gary John Gresl

Lucia Stern, Exhibit Post Mortem Charles Allis Art Museum, Milwaukee, Dec.-Jan, 06
by Gary John Gresl

Visual Arts Reporting in Wisconsin Media, and You
by Gary John Gresl

Watercolor Wisconsin, Wustum Art Museum, Racine
by Gary John Gresl

South East Chapter Exhibition
by Gary John Gresl

“Forward” A Survey of Wisconsin Art (Plus a Biennial and a Triennial Too)
by Gary John Gresl

WILLIAM SCHULMAN RETROSPECTIVE,1966-2004
by Gary John Gresl

A Message from the Outgoing President
by Gary John Gresl

VISUAL ARTS AWARDS PRESENTED
by Gary John Gresl

Dean Meeker Estate Auction
Selling the creations of a lifetime
by Gary John Gresl

THE NUMINOUS AND THE KNIFE...CONFRONTING THE JURY PROCESS
by Gary John Gresl

Provincial or Regional?
by Gary John Gresl